Friday, June 7, 2013

Minnie Goes to Heaven (94)

(a novel continued)

That’s when the prayer meetings began. There wasn’t a church in the area that didn’t call their own prayer meeting. 
Then the ministers of the churches in Haven met together. They decided to rent the arena and hold a county-wide prayer meeting. They called it, If my people humble themselves and pray, I will heal their land. As Pastor Peters pointed out, "Big problems call for big names." 
"A big God will do," Pastor Rex from the Pentecostal church said.
The meeting filled the arena to capacity. Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostal and Christian Reformed, all gathered and prayed. No one skated over the issue. They remembered how the Lord had helped them when they as churches had been about to lose their charitable status.
They asked for forgiveness for mistreating the land, for being self-sufficient, for ignoring the Lord. The acknowledged the Lord as the Creator, the Maker of the Universe, and God over all. They praised His name and they humbly asked Him for help.
Of course Minnie and John went to the meeting.. Right in the middle of all the praying, Minnie heard the Lord quietly speak into her spirit. ‘I want you to pray for the children.’
‘But Lord, these are all arranged prayers, arranged by the pastors. Not just anybody can get up and pray about something. And what do I pray for the children?’
‘Pray for the unborn children.’
Minnie knew she had to do this. ‘Lord, help me. Show me the opportunity.’ She quietly made her way up to the microphone which the ministers had been using.
The Catholic priest, who had just prayed, made room for her. Minnie stood before the arena of people. She asked God to give her the words. She prayed them out as she heard them in her spirit.
“Dear Lord, I pray and ask forgiveness for killing our little children. Please Lord, forgive us for murdering so many children before they see the light of day. Forgive us for being so selfish.” Minnie choked up. Then she cried. Tears streamed down her face as she walked away from the microphone. All over the arena people fell to their knees. The conviction in each heart grew. “Forgive us Lord, Forgive us,” rang through the building.
Minnie knelt beside John. She heard the Lord say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.

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